Tuesday 13th March, 2018 – As operations at the Bendals Quarry return to normal, the Ministry of Works and Housing says it is doing everything possible to address the concerns of employees.
Employees walked off the job on Monday over the non-payment of overtime and increases in salaries.
In a statement, the Works Ministry outlined that the issue of overtime payment continues to occupy the attention of the Minister of Works and Housing Eustace Lake and the Ministry’s management.
Minister Lake said every effort is being made to honor overtime payment to the workers as funds have been allotted and arrangements are being made by the treasury department to make the payments to the quarry workers.
He added that “management is particularly concerned about developing strategies with a view to steadily address the concerns of the workers. It is expected that overtime pay owed to works will be made in short order.” The Works Minister said the government remains focused of job creation and new opportunities for training and development.
Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of works and Housing, Clarence Pilgrim commented:
“The industrial action taken by the plant workers on Monday is being viewed very seriously, and management is taking the appropriate action under the circumstances.”
He said the Ministry is attempting to make good on addressing all of the concerns raised by the staff and the union in a timely manner.